What Happens When We Die? Scientists Say The Soul Returns To The Universe
The reason why so many of us are afraid of death is that we just don't understand it. We can't prepare for what we don't know and the unknown is scary that way. So we keep asking ourselves: “what happens to us after we die?”.
While usually, we try to answer that question spiritually, it seems like science has now found the answer. UK scientist Dr. Sam Parnia believes human consciousness lives on even after we die. He shared his findings in Morgan Freeman’s Netflix show “The story of God.” Here's what he, along with other leading scientists have found.
What If We Actually Lived On Forever?
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Dr. Parnia is not alone in his theories. After extensive research, the University of Arizona’s Stuart Hameroff and British physicist Sir Roger Penrose also believe that while our bodies physically die, our soul, or what they refer to as "consciousness" lives on forever.
Scientists are starting to find that the soul is made of information that can be stored at a quantum level. It's those quantum mechanisms, or the behavior of matter, that make the infinite process possible.
Consciousness Is Just Stored
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Dr. Hameroff and Dr. Roger have concluded that the soul and its consciousness are simply made of stored information. Think of the conscious mind as a program on a computer. Even if the computer itself dies, the program itself can be transferred and continue to exist.
This way of thinking is what has led them to say that even after human beings die, their soul comes back to the universe, and it does not die itself.
The Brain Is A Biological Computer
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The idea of the brain as a biological computer that can store the information that makes us who we are is not a new idea. But it's the understanding that this means that the soul it holds doesn't die either is groundbreaking.
This knowledge has been in the making since 1996. Dr. Hameroff, the American Physicist who works in the departments of Anesthesiology and Psychology, and Sir Penrose, the mathematical physicist at Oxford University, have been working hard to solve these theories for decades. Their work is based on the "Quantum Theory of Consciousness." The theory believes that the soul is maintained in brain cells.
The Soul Exits The Body Upon Death, But Doesn't Die
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Dr. Parnia tells Morgan Freeman in his documentary that “The evidence we have is that when a person dies, that part that makes us who we are – the soul or mind, or whatever you call it – it does not become annihilated."
But how this happens can be a bit complicated. It's all based on what they call "Orchestrated Objective Reduction" which is how the information is transferred over. Basically right when the heart stops beating and the blood stops flowing, the information that makes a person can't be destroyed, so it just gets distributed into the universe at large.
The Beyond Is An Infinite Reality
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Researchers are now claiming that there is an infinite universe beyond after death. This is where the soul continues to live forever when it is spread from the body. They also say that this world we're living in is just a perception or a reality that we've created for ourselves to give our lives a beginning and an end. The soul itself never ends.
The documentary explains it like this: “What we consider the here and now, this world, it is actually just the material level...The beyond is an infinite reality that is much bigger.” Believing this is accepting that the soul runs on a deeper level that goes beyond this world.
Near Death Experiences Put It In Perspective
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Dr. Sam Parnia has studied more than 100 cases of cardiac arrest survivors. These are people who have technically died and came back to life. What's really interesting about them is that a big number of them had really weird experiences when they died. They came back often feeling more at peace, comforted, and even happy after they went through death. It's like dying and coming back to life somehow gave them a profound and mystical experience. Some of them even felt like they met up with other loved ones who had previously died.
The scientists think this means that death is a universal experience so all the souls go to the same place after they leave their physical bodies. But in near-death experiences, if a person comes back, the information of their soul, or their consciousness, comes back with them.
Since The Beginning Of Time
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So what does it mean to have a soul? From a scientific perspective, it's an interaction of neurons but from a spiritual perspective, it's our whole being and the good and the bad that create our identity.
But, even now science is also saying that the soul is something more than neurons, and it's actually a consciousness that has existed since the beginning of time and will continue to live on forever.
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